So now it's official - Julie has finished her last year as grade 2/3 teacher at Willowgrove Primary School, and we are now embarking on a "transition year" as she takes a bit of a sabbatical and we look/dream/imagine/discern what might be coming next for her and for our family.
Immediate implications? Well... she's now officially "done" and therefore "underfoot" more at home (something I'll need to get used to... GRIN)... and looking at upgrading more of her teaching qualifications (Rosetta Stone French, anyone?)... and in the meantime applying more of her creative energies to cooking (usually my department, but I'm more than glad for her to indulge these impulses, which invariably result in more unique and scrumptious and healthy and daily-from-our-garden meals)...
It also means that, for this "transition year" at least, we're expecting to make the transition from my music income being a "supplementary" income to being the "primary" family income... an exciting (but a bit daunting) prospect as we continue to build this long-term musical vocation.
So as we look deeply into our souls and peer hopefully and excitedly (and at times a bit apprehensively) into the future, this old chestnut comes to mind... (I'm sure you've heard some variation of it...)
Q: What's the difference between a Mennonite musician and a pizza?
A: A pizza can feed a family of four.
Congratulations, Julie, on 5 excellent years of teaching, enjoy your "sabbatical," and here's to the future!